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    Thoughts on Vilppu Teaching methods?

    Hi all, what is everyone's thoughts on Vilppu's teaching methods and have they helped anyone?
    From the dvds to his books.
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    Am I the only one who's ever heard of Glen Vilppu?
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    I took a class from him over a year ago. While the man is very good at gesture and figurative work (he's a machine at output...even if he wasn't that old!), he's not what I would call an amazing teacher. He has a tough time explaining things, and I didn't find his methods any different from other figurative professors.

    However, I don't know anything about his dvds or books. Perhaps you might get something from seeing his process.
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    My only experience is with his books, which are excellent. I've heard some complaints about the technical quality of the dvds (they're older vhs transfers).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwell View Post
    I've heard some complaints about the technical quality of the dvds (they're older vhs transfers).
    They're rather lacking, yes.
    I still did find them greatly informative.
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    Well, they seem very informative. The only dvds I have are the gesture dvd and the combining spheres and boxes one.

    I also have his Drawing Manual.

    I was wondering how effective they are and if anyone else uses them.
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    Vilppus DVD are the best I have watched so far it is a pity that the sound is awful!
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    I don't have any complaints of the videos. They are shot while he is giving a class so you can hear papers shuffling, people walking/talking past the classroom etc. But you can always hear Glen and see what he's drawing on the board clearly. The whole series will cost you a small fortune but they are worth it. It taught me more about anatomy than any book ever did.

    Good luck!
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    Hm, one dvd was already pretty pricey.
    I was wondering if I'm ok just having the gesture and combining boxes and spheres dvd + his drawing manual..or do I have to get all 12 of his dvds in order to get the full benefit.
    Thanks for all the replies.
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    Haven't seen is dvds but I did run across the books and they seem pretty nice. I am looking at the Animal Drawing manual.
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    I took Glenn's classes and they helped me a lot. He teaches for animators so he really gets you thinking 3d.

    The Vilppu manual is the textbook for his class, 12 chapters/12 weeks of class. I'd suggest the whole series as opposed to just having the ones you mentioned only because they all work together and build off the previous one.

    I was working out of just the manual for awhile but when I took his classes I got a lot more. If he has a weekend seminar sometime, try to make it to one. You could probably sit in on one of his classes if you asked ahead of time.

    Are you thinking of taking classes at some point or just getting the dvd series?

    Take a look at Sheldon Borenstein's site too, a bit of a clone, (and a ham!) but he has some good info I think.

    http://www.sheldonsartacademy.com/

    also some you tube stuff.

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    Ah yea, I heard Sheldon Borenstein's classes are structured after Vilppu's (heck, he was Vilppu's student wasn't he?)

    I was thinking of just using the book and those 2 dvds, since getting all 12 of them would be over $200, and I don't have that kind of money.
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    The DVDs are really very good, you will learn a lot from them. Get the first two, and if you get the benefit from them that I did you might consider getting some more - you don't have to buy them all in one go, it takes time to digest all of the information.
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